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  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★★½

    I've never been convinced by the idea of speeding up the out-of-control train as a solution to the out-of-control train problem.

    There. That's my one grievance with "Speed".

    Otherwise watching this movie is like strapping yourself to a rocket. It's a full throttle burst of pure adrenaline, still one of the purest examples of such I have ever seen. From the moment Dennis Hopper stabs that poor bastard in the ear with a screwdriver, this movie doesn't let up for…

  • Midnight Run

    Midnight Run

    ★★★★★

    "Why aren't you popular with the Chicago police, Jack?"

    "If you don't shut up, you're gonna suffer from fist-o-phobia."

    "Agent Alonzo Mosely, FBI."

    "Hey, I'm Hopalong Cassidich. Take a picture."

    "Marvin, Look Out!"

    The smile Yaphet Kotto gives Dennis Farina at the airport.

    The phone call Robert DeNiro makes at another airport.

    "Maybe I should go and get some doughnuts."

    DeNiro describing the FBI van.

    "You got the Duke?!"

    Babysitting money.

    DeNiro sitting down at a coffee shop, convincingly looking…

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  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    ★★★

    I've actually read this book series, which is why I was interested in seeing this. If I hadn't read these books, I might have liked it more.

    Conversely, if I hadn't read the books that this movie was based on I probably wouldn't have had any interest in seeing this film in the first place.

    This is what's known as a paradox.

    The "Chaos Walking" series is set in the future on a distant planet that humanity has settled after…

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★★

    My internet was dead (I am a cable tech, but when a road construction crew destroys a main line there's not a lot that I can personally do about it). This is when having an extensive movie library comes in handy. We weren't able to continue watching "Raised by Wolves" on HBO Max (we're only four episodes in, but so far my wife and I are digging it quite a bit) but I did look through my blu-ray collection and…

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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    There's a tendency of this site to immediately overrate new movies. And I get it. Seeing a film in the theater has a bewitching effect. When you're used to seeing movies on your TV or, God forbid, your tablet, the charge of seeing something projected as large as possible in a big, dark room alone makes a movie a little better. If that movie's even remotely great, then all the better. Letterboxd isn't the only social media site to stoke…

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 2016, Film #3

    The set-up is simple: a man knocks on the door of a family still grieving the loss of their son in a war. The man introduces himself as the friend of their late son and says that their son's last wish was that he come and tell them how much their son loved them, and that his last thoughts were of them. The family, comforted by these words and happy to find some kind of connection…